Second Regional Consultation on Valuing Water  in Tajikistan

Second Regional Consultation on Valuing Water in Tajikistan

Second Regional Consultation on Valuing Water  in Tajikistan


The implementation of most of the Sustainable Development goals depends on effective water resources management, therefore, the governments, the society and the private sector should change their methods of managing and using water resources. To accelerate this transformation process UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Kim convened a High Level Panel on Water, during which the 11 Heads of State and Government recognized that this process is critical for a better water stewardship around the world. Valuing water in a right way is an important part of that vision. Therefore, the Panel launched an initiative aimed at building “a global consensus and common language to guide better approaches to valuing water across three critical dimensions – social and cultural, environmental and economic”. On July 16, 2017, in the framework of the abovementioned initiative, the representatives of Country Water Partnership, NGO took part in the Regional Consultation on Valuing Water held in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan. The event was organized by joint efforts of UN General Secretaria t, the World Bank, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Global Water Partnership and Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan. The event was attended by 100 participants from 15 countries and other high-level officials. The attendants were introduced to two initiatives of International Decade of Actions “Valuing Water” and “Water for Sustainable Development”. The latter initiative was presented by Tajikistan, as a High Level Panel participant country. The Regional Consultation was aimed at providing exchange of views and raising issues on Valuing water principles among a wide array of regional and national stakeholders, such as governments, business and civil society representatives. The consultation also incorporated such components as interactive discussions, working group discussions on the topic “The value of water” to share experience and best practices among the participating countries, raising issues and proposing recommendations, which will further create new mechanisms and opportunities to solve various global water related issues both on national and regional levels.